Governor Bryant has officially announced that the special election to fill Senator Thad Cochran’s seat in the U.S. Senate will take place on November 6th.
Four candidates are in the race so far, with Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton becoming the latest name in the race after announcing his candidacy earlier today. Shelton and Mike Espy are the two Democrats in the race as of today.
The Democratic race has been the quieter of the two so far, as the Governor’s appointee, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and challenger, Chris McDaniel, have begun to set the tone for the upcoming election season on the Republican side. More candidates could announce campaigns before April 24th’s qualifying deadline.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes on November 6, a runoff will be held on November 27.
The election date coincides with the election for other races including the election for incumbent Senator Roger Wicker’s seat and the race for outgoing-Congressman Gregg Harper’s seat in Mississippi’s third congressional district.